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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Two Meals and One Supper

Since school started a few weeks ago, I had been making lunches for one of my children only.  The youngest usually likes eating at school and the older two get to come home for lunch.  Yesterday the younger one wanted his lunch made, too....and he did again this morning.

As I was making the two lunches this morning, my oldest son said, "Mom, how are you liking making lunches again?"  He asked because by the end of the school year, it's certainly not my favorite activity!  It's much better making two that in was making four for several years.

Thinking about how I feel about the monotony of making lunches, my mind went to the Lord's Supper.  Each and every Sunday, I - along with my brothers and sisters in Christ - partake of this communion meal together.  It's done to remember Christ's death on the cross and to reflect on what that meant for each of us.

Do I ever get complacent partaking in this meal every week?  Does it become monotonous where I'm no longer thinking about what it means?  I'm sure I do.  I'm sure I don't always keep in mind - as I should - just what that communion time means for me and for this whole world.

Sometimes it's good to think back.  Sometimes it's good to go back to that true account of His death.  Think of the nails.  Think of the thorny crown.  Think of the pain and agony that He went through...for YOU and for ME.  It doesn't take long to realize that the Lord's Supper should never be monotonous or thought of to be less than what it really is - communion together with our Lord and Savior.

As you read the following passages, think about when He did for you.  And Sunday, as you commune with your brothers and sisters in Christ, reflect back to the cross.  Think of the significance of the bread and the cup.  Think of what it means for you.  I'll be thinking about what it means for me.

 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant,which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26:26-29

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 
1 Corinthians 11:23-29

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

I have lots of little tricks that I use to keep me focused! I believe it does take effort and it is something that God is pleased about.

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